Blogmas Day Twenty-Nine: Unread 2022 Releases

Hello, lovelies! The last few years I’ve made a list of all my unread releases, so I’m going to continue that trend. Here are all of the books I own that were published in 2022 and I have not yet read them.

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca
The Winners by Fredrik Backman
The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friesland
Love in the Times of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman
Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

I did way better this year than the previous years. Are any of these on your tbr list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Twenty-Six: Amanda’s End of Yearathon TBR

Hello, lovelies! It’s that time of year again, the always wonderful Vicky (from What Vicky Read) and I are back to host another end-of-the-year, last-minute readathon. Like all the previous years, the only thing we care about for this readathon is that you read with us to close out the year! But, for those of you like me, we have five prompts that we change a smidge each year. This year’s prompts are shared below. I’m also sharing the book I think I’ll read for this, but I’ve been mood reading so I might not follow them this year.

You can follow the readathon’s Twitter which is run by Vicky.
You can follow Amanda’s Bookstagram, which is where I’ll be posting about this.

read a 2022 release
One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig
This was sold to me as a comp fir For the Wolf, which we all know is my favorite. I have high hopes for this book and it’s the perfect time of year to read it.

read a book with an lgbtqia+ character
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
I know two things about this book: something about Dracula and it’s queer.

read a book in a series
The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
I’m more than excited to continue this series.

read a book under 200 pages
Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
This is cheating a smidge because it’s 207 pages, but it’s the shortest book on my physical tbr. Also, I make the rules and I say it’s allowed.

read a book with snow on the cover
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Who doesn’t love an emotionally devastating book for the holidays? I’m rereading this because I’ve finally gotten my hands on a hardcover copy and I want to tab it. Also, the new book in the series is out now and I’d like to reread book two before reading the new release.

Are you participating? If yes, share your tbr with me! If no, what books are you reading to close out the year?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Nineteen: Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #9

Hello, lovelies! I’m here with another NetGalley update. Here are my statistics, 267 approvals with feedback sent for 217 which gives me an 81%. I’m working on this post ahead of time, so hopefully I’ve gotten most of the 2022 approval’s read and I just have next years books to start fresh with.

Approvals on my TBR

The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon
Publication date: August 2, 2022
I liked the first two in this series. So, I’m excited to be approved for the third.

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
Publication date: September 13, 2022
Chupeco is an auto-buy author for me. I hit that request button so fast.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publication date: September 13, 2022
I think this is an older book that’s being reprinted. Her books are hit-or-miss for me, but I still keep trying.

Called to the Deep by Desiree M. Niccoli
Publication date: September 20, 2022
I’ve been dying to read this one, but all the moving chaos has me behind. 

The City Beneath Hidden Stars by Sonya Kudei
Publication date: September 27, 2022
NetGalley caught me browsing. This adult fantasy sounds super good. 

The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler
Publication date: October 4, 2022
This was a random ‘read now’ email offer I got from NetGalley, but it sounds really good. 

Built to Last by Erin Hahn
Publication date: October 18, 2022
I’ve liked some of Hahn’s YA romance, so I’m excited to try her adult romance debut.

The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke
Publication date: October 25, 2022
This is the sequel to The Scapegracers and I’m very excited to read it. 

The Vermillion Emporium by Jamie Pacton
Publication date: November 1, 2022
Pacton’s fantasy debut, and I’ve seen lots about it. So, I’m excited. 

The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang
Publication date: November 15, 2022
This was a cover request for me. The cover is stunning and then I read that it was about people with magical abilities and that is right up my alley.

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales
Publication date: December 6, 2022
A book where the main character goes on a reality dating show and falls in love with one of the fellow contestants? Yes fucking please.

The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford
Publication date: December 6, 2022
I’m reading much less YA fantasy, but I’ve liked other books by Rutherford. Hopefully I’ll like this one too. 

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
Publication date: January 3, 2023
Sign me up for anything Talia Hibbert, please and thank you.

Retro by Sofía Lapuente & Jarrod Shusterman
Publication date: January 24, 2023
I love their tiktok’s together. I’m very excited to try this one. 

Begin Again by Emma Lord
Publication date: January 24, 2023
I like Lord’s books. I’m exctied to see what she’s come up with for this one.

Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni
Publication date: January 31, 2023
I will always immediately request queer romance.

The Witch of Tin Mountain by Paulette Kennedy
Publication date: February 1, 2023
I requested this one while browsing randomly. It sounds good.

Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood
Publication date: February 7, 2023
I read Within These Wicked Walls last year and really enjoyed it. I’m definitely interested in reading this one too. 

Where Darkness Blooms by Andrea Hannah
Publication date: February 21, 2023
This was another one that I got an email about and it sounded like something I’d like. 

Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder
Publication date: February 21, 2023
All it takes is a ‘read now’ email and a synopsis that’s halfway interesting. I’m actually really excited for this one.

The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill
Publication Date: February 28, 2023
I really like the cover and this is from yet another NetGalley email.

Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones
Publication date: March 7, 2023
I love a good mystery/thriller. edc

A House with Good Bones by T.J. Klune
Publication date: March 28, 2022
I think I only requested this because I know it’s going to be all over the internet when it comes out and I will want to read it because of peer pressure. 

The Ferryman by Justin Cronin
Publication date: May 2, 2023
I just can’t seem to say no anymore. I have no explanation.

To Shape A Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose
Publication date: May 9, 2022
The cover really drew me in for this one. I got a ‘read now’ email from NetGalley and I’m truly a sucker for those.

All the Dead Lie Down by Kyrie McCauley
Publication date: May 16, 2023
YA Horror is still sometimes my jam. So, I’m trying this one out.

A Song of Salvation by Alechia Dow
Publication date: July 11, 2023
I’ve loved Dow’s other books. I hit request so fast.

Approvals I’ve Read

Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen
Publication date: August 9, 2022
I liked this one. It was definitely detail-heavy and it felt I wasn’t being shown anything, only told. But, I still enjoyed it. I think it was well written and I will definitely be trying more books from this author in the future.

Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie
Publication date: August 23, 2022
I enjoyed this one. It was a little predictable but it was still fun with good twists and turns. I’d recommend this one for sure.

Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, & Evelyn Skye
Publication date: August 30, 2022
I love Roshani Chokshi’s books, so I loved her bits and didn’t care very much about the rest. 

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication date: August 30, 2022
It’s always exciting to get approved for a popular book that I know will have a long wait with the library. I feel the same way about this as most others. I don’t care about tennis but this was a good story.

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
Publication date: September 27, 2022
I enjoyed this. I wanted a bit more of the fantastical elements. It’s her adult debut, but it still felt like a YA novel with all of the flashbacks from the characters’ childhoods.

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle
Publication date: October 4, 2022
I dnf’d this. I’m over the ‘celebrity in disgrace’ character.

When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke
Publication date: October 4, 2022
This was a little heavy with the body issues, but I liked it overall.

Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner
Publication date: October 11, 2022
This left me feeling icky with all the lying.

Little Eve by Catriona Ward
Publication date: October 11, 2022
This was another miss for me, sadly.

A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Publication date: November 1, 2022
I love this series and this book was no different. This one was so, so good. I loved checking in with all the past characters.

Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun
Publication date: November 1, 2022
I really loved this one. It was so perfect for the season.

Do you have any advanced copies or books you’re behind on?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

10 on Amanda’s TBR: Dystopian Books

Hi, lovelies! I feel like I’ve been sharing mostly recommendation posts lately which made me start thinking about all of the fun books on my TBR that I haven’t been talking about. Dystopian is my favorite genre. I’ve had this post saved to my drafts until I could find enough books to share them with you all. I grew up as a teen at the height of the dystopian craze (think Hunger Games and Divergent). So, I’m always looking for new (or old!) dystopian books that I haven’t read yet.

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
“Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. What’s worse is she can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with their angelic daughter Harriet does Frida finally feel she’s attained the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she’s just enough. Until Frida has a horrible day.
The state has its eyes on mothers like Frida — ones who check their phones while their kids are on the playground; who let their children walk home alone; in other words, mothers who only have one lapse of judgement. Now, a host of government officials will determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion. Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that she can live up to the standards set for mothers — that she can learn to be good. This propulsive, witty page-turner explores the perils of “perfect” upper-middle-class parenting, the violence enacted upon women by the state and each other, and the boundless love a mother has for her daughter.”

All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown
“When Andrew stumbles upon Jamie’s house, he’s injured, starved, and has nothing left to lose. A deadly pathogen has killed off most of the world’s population, including everyone both boys have ever loved. And if this new world has taught them anything, it’s to be scared of what other desperate people will do . . . so why does it seem so easy for them to trust each other? After danger breaches their shelter, they flee south in search of civilization. But something isn’t adding up about Andrew’s story, and it could cost them everything. And Jamie has a secret, too. He’s starting to feel something more than friendship for Andrew, adding another layer of fear and confusion to an already tumultuous journey. The road ahead of them is long, and to survive, they’ll have to shed their secrets, face the consequences of their actions, and find the courage to fight for the future they desire, together. Only one thing feels certain: all that’s left in their world is the undeniable pull they have toward each other.”

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate
“The year is 2072. Soon a volcanic eruption will trigger catastrophic devastation, and the only way out is up. While the world’s leaders, scientists, and engineers oversee the frantic production of a space fleet meant to save humankind, their children are brought in for a weekend of touring the Lazarus, a high-tech prototype spaceship. But when the apocalypse arrives months ahead of schedule, First Daughter Leigh Chen and a handful of teens from the tour are the only ones to escape the planet. This is the new world: a starship loaded with a catalog of human artifacts, a frozen menagerie of animal DNA, and fifty-three terrified survivors. From the panic arises a coalition of leaders, spearheaded by the pilot’s enigmatic daughter, Eli, who takes the wheel in their hunt for a habitable planet. But as isolation presses in, their uneasy peace begins to fracture. The struggle for control will mean the difference between survival and oblivion, and Leigh must decide whether to stand on the side of the mission or of her own humanity.”

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
“On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island’s inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.
A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.”

Feed by Mira Grant
“The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.
The truth will get out, even if it kills them.”

Gleanings: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman and various authors
“There are still countless tales of the Scythedom to tell. Centuries passed between the Thunderhead cradling humanity and Scythe Goddard trying to turn it upside down. For years humans lived in a world without hunger, disease, or death with Scythes as the living instruments of population control.
Neal Shusterman—along with collaborators David Yoon, Jarrod Shusterman, Sofía Lapuente, Michael H. Payne, Michelle Knowlden, and Joelle Shusterman—returns to the world throughout the timeline of the Arc of a Scythe series. Discover secrets and histories of characters you’ve followed for three volumes and meet new heroes, new foes, and some figures in between.
Gleanings shows just how expansive, terrifying, and thrilling the world that began with the Printz Honor–winning Scythe truly is.”

The High House by Jessie Greengrass
“Perched on a sloping hill, set away from a small town by the sea, the High House has a tide pool and a mill, a vegetable garden, and, most importantly, a barn full of supplies. Caro, Pauly, Sally, and Grandy are safe, so far, from the rising water that threatens to destroy the town and that has, perhaps, already destroyed everything else. But for how long? Caro and her younger half-brother, Pauly, arrive at the High House after her father and stepmother fall victim to a faraway climate disaster—but not before they call and urge Caro to leave London. In their new home, a converted summer house cared for by Grandy and his granddaughter, Sally, the two pairs learn to live together. Yet there are limits to their safety, limits to the supplies, limits to what Grandy—the former village caretaker, a man who knows how to do everything—can teach them as his health fails.
A searing novel that takes on parenthood, sacrifice, love, and survival under the threat of extinction, The High House is a stunning, emotionally precise novel about what can be salvaged at the end of the world.”

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
“Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, rumors of war arrive. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone. At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home. As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives?”

Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin
“Across the world, thousands of people are shocked by a notification that they once chose to have a memory removed. Now they are being given an opportunity to get that memory back. Four individuals are filled with new doubts, grappling with the unexpected question of whether to remember unknown events, or to leave them buried forever. Finn, an Irish architect living in the Arizona desert, begins to suspect his charming wife of having an affair. Mei, a troubled grad school dropout in Kuala Lumpur, wonders why she remembers a city she has never visited. William, a former police inspector in England, struggles with PTSD, the breakdown of his marriage, and his own secret family history. Oscar, a handsome young man with almost no memories at all, travels the world in a constant state of fear. Into these characters’ lives comes Noor, a psychologist working at the Nepenthe memory removal clinic in London. The process of reinstating patients’ memories begins to shake the moral foundations of her world. As she delves deeper into how the program works, she will have to risk everything to uncover the cost of this miraculous technology.
A provocative exploration of secrets, grief, and identity—of the stories we tell ourselves—Tell Me an Ending is a sharp, dark, and devastating novel about the power of memory.

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
“Wasp’s job is simple. Hunt ghosts. And every year she has to fight to remain Archivist. Desperate and alone, she strikes a bargain with the ghost of a supersoldier. She will go with him on his underworld hunt for the long-lost ghost of his partner and in exchange she will find out more about his pre-apocalyptic world than any Archivist before her. And there is much to know. After all, Archivists are marked from birth to do the holy work of a goddess. They’re chosen. They’re special. Or so they’ve been told for four hundred years. Archivist Wasp fears she is not the chosen one, that she won’t survive the trip to the underworld, that the brutal life she has escaped might be better than where she is going. There is only one way to find out.”

And there you have it, ten dystopian books that I’m very interested in reading. Gleanings isn’t actually published yet, but I have it preordered and I know I’ll be reading it as soon as it’s delivered. I also read Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace which I’ve been told relates back to Archivist Wasp. So, I’m excited about that.

Do you have any dystopian books that you recommend?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Clear Ur Sht Y3 Readathon TBR

Hello, lovelies! I’m back to share some more books that I may or may not actually read for this readathon. This is my favorite readathon, so I’m very excited to pick out my books for all of the prompts.

Meet Cute // a book with a romance plot

Birds of California by Katie Cotugno

Date Night // a book you could read in one night

Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

Spicy Night // a book that’s sexy under the covers

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

Kidnapped! // a book with a quest for a lost person or item

The Perishing by Natasha Deón

Soulmate Rescue // mini boss battle // read a book in a different genre from my last read

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

Happily Ever After // a feel good book

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle

Discover Your Powers // “secret world” trope

When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke

Training Montage // a book with a journey

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Find Your Team // a book with a group cast

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Bonding Time // side quest

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Arch Nemesis // a book with an epic battle

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

Victory Parade // free space

to be determined when I need to pick something to mood read.

Giant’s Books // your longest or physically largest book

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

Useless MC // a sequel you have low hopes for

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin
I know I’m going to love this book, but I’m not going to read a sequel I don’t think I’m going to like, sorry Narrator.

Age Gap MC // a book with a trope you hate

Sister Stardust by Jane Green

Beanstalk // green cover or book with plant themes

The Walled Garden by Robin Farrar Maass

Clout Readers // mini boss battle

tbd.

Time to Nap // free space

tbd.

Cryosleep // a book you keep forgetting is on your tbr

Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match by Sally Thorne

Robot Side Characters // a book featuring robots or tech

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Crash Landing // a book set on another planet

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

Capitalistic Hellscape // a book that was or looks expensive

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Missing Parts // continue a series

Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake

Escape! // a book with found family

The High House by Jessie Greengrass

Spooky! // a book with a dark cover

Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

Slasher is coming // a book with a supposed twist

Little Eve by Catriona Ward

RUN // a fast paced or short book

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

everything is a-ok // free space

tbd

Final Battle // final boss battle

tbd

Always Double Tap! // read a book from another strength/weakness prompt

tbd

SURPRISE ENDING // don’t worry about this one

well, that’s reassuring Narrator…

This is hopefully what I’ll be reading for the rest of the year.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Three: Amanda’s October TBR

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to the first day of Blogtober! It’s the third day of the month, I know, but I don’t post on the weekends anymore. This month I have some fun things planned. I have today a list of the books I’m likely to be choosing from to read for spooky season. I’m pretty behind with my NetGalley tbr, so I want to work on that. But I have some books on my physical tbr here too that piqued my interest for the reading mood I’m looking for this month.

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
The Yosemite Six by Tess Sharpe
Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
The High House by Jessie Greengrass

NetGalley TBR

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle
When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke
The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler
Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner
The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal
The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty
Little Eve by Catriona Ward
Built to Last by Erin Hahn
The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke

I will definitely not manage to read all of these as I’m planning to do some prep work for NaNoWriMo next month. But I’m feeling the itch to read again, and my husband will be gone for a bit this month so, I’ll have more time to myself. What spooky books are you reading this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Traveling Library: My New Public Library

Hi, lovelies! I’ve officially moved and unpacked and I’m a little sad to see this feature coming to an end. So, I wanted to come back one last time and introduce you to my new local library system!

Now, I’m not going to give all the details. But this is what I know so far, like my last library they use Libby and Hoopla. They also have a few libraries in the system to visit. I haven’t seen too much for events and activities (my last library was amazing with the activities and stuff they put together).

I decided to visit the branch closest to me with my littlest one to sign up for my library card. The location I visited had an amazing children’s section. There was such a wide selection of children’s books. I’m very excited to try out their story time with both of my kids.

The young adult section looked good, full of new and diverse titles. But there were some high schoolers studying at the table in that area, so I didn’t want to bother them. I’m also not reading as much YA lately. I didn’t end up checking out any books, but I did browse the adult sections. There seems to be a really great selection of books and I’m really hoping to try to use the library for physical books more instead of buying.

Do you visit your local library? What’s your favorite thing about your library?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

4 Anticipated Series Finales Releasing in 2022

Hi, lovelies! I just stumbled across my 2021 series finales and realized that I never did one for this year. So, I’m here today to remedy that and share with you four series that are coming to an end with their conclusions released in 2022.

August 30, 2022
The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
“To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. And the only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her. But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.
Secrets upon secrets. Riddles upon riddles. In this game, there are hearts and lives at stake—and there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning.”

November 22, 2022 
The Choice by Nora Roberts
“Breen Siobhan Kelly grew up in the world of Man and was once unaware of her true nature. Now she is in Talamh, trying to heal after a terrible battle and heartbreaking losses. Her grandfather, the dark god Odran, has been defeated in his attempt to rule over Talamh, and over Breen–for now. With the enemy cast out and the portal sealed, this is a time to rest and to prepare. Breen spreads her wings and realizes a power she’s never experienced before. It’s also a time for celebrations–of her first Christmas in both Talamh and Ireland, of solstice and weddings and births–and daring to find joy again in the wake of sorrow. She rededicates herself to writing her stories, and when his duties as taoiseach permit, she is together with Keegan, who has trained her as a warrior and whom she has grown to love. It’s Keegan who’s at her side when the enemy’s witches, traitorous and power-mad, appear to her in her sleep, practicing black magick, sacrificing the innocent, and plotting a brutal destruction for Breen. And soon, united with him and with all of Talamh, she will seek out those in desperate need of rescue, and confront the darkness with every weapon she has: her sword, her magicks–and her courage…”

November 29, 2022
Saint by Adrienne Young
(This only sort of counts because it’s a prequel. But I think this will be the last book in this world, sadly.)
New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns to the world of The Narrows with Saint, a captivating prequel to Fable and Namesake.
As a boy, Elias learned the hard way what happens when you don’t heed the old tales. Nine years after his lack of superstition got his father killed, he’s grown into a young man of piety, with a deep reverence for the hallowed sea and her fickle favor. As stories of the fisherman’s son who has managed to escape the most deadly of storms spreads from port to port, his devotion to the myths and creeds has given him the reputation of the luckiest bastard to sail the Narrows. Now, he’s mere days away from getting everything his father ever dreamed for him: a ship of his own, a crew, and a license that names him as one of the first Narrows-born traders. But when a young dredger from the Unnamed Sea with more than one secret crosses his path, Elias’ faith will be tested like never before. The greater the pull he feels toward her, the farther he drifts from the things he’s spent the last three years working for. He is dangerously close to repeating his mistakes and he’s seen first hand how vicious the jealous sea can be. If he’s going to survive her retribution, he will have to decide which he wants more, the love of the girl who could change their shifting world, or the sacred beliefs that earned him the name that he’s known for―Saint.”

December 6, 2022 
The Shattered City by Lisa Maxwell
“Once, Esta believed that she could change the fate of magic. She traveled to the past and stopped the Magician from destroying a mystical book that held the key to freeing her people from the Brink, an energy barrier that traps all Mageus who cross it. But the Book was more than she bargained for. So was the Magician she was tasked to steal it from.
Hunted by an ancient evil, Esta and Harte have raced through time and across a continent to track down the powerful artifacts they need to bind the Book’s devastating power. They’ve lost family, betrayed friends, and done what they’d both vowed never to do: fallen in love with the one person who could truly destroy them. Now, with only one artifact left, their search has brought them back to New York, the city where it all began. But nothing in Manhattan is as they left it. Their friends have scattered, their enemies have grown more powerful, and as the deadly Brink beckons, their time is running out. If they can’t find a way to end the threat they’ve created, then the very heart of magic will die—and it will take the world down with it.”

Are there any series you love being wrapped up in 2022?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Traveling Library: Road Trip Audiobook TBR

Hello, lovelies! I am back with another list of books that I think I want to read in the near future. I shared my physical tbr and my ebook tbr earlier this month. I also wanted to share what audiobooks I have on my radar for my long drive. I will be driving for four days with two kids. So, we’re taking our time and seeing friends along the way. I will have lots of time to listen.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I’m participating in #READShadiwhunter which is hosted by the always wonderful Books in the Skye. I’ve reread this whole series via audio and really had fun, so I’m going to do it again leading up to the release of Chain of Thorns.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead
I was in an audiobook slump, so I restarted this series. I made it through the first book. I didn’t pick up the second because I’m saving this series to pick up again when I can’t get into any other audiobooks. So, I have this one borrowed as a palate cleanser for my ears.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I really want to reread this series but part of me wants to read it physically since I did the audiobooks the first time around. The narrator for this series is incredible though.

The Counselors by Jessica Goodman
This is a recent release that I have on hold with my library. Goodman’s mysteries are fun and easy to follow so I wouldn’t be mad if my hold came in time for my drive.

My Imaginary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton
I’ve done the last few books in this series on audio and is like to continue that. This is a new release that, once again, I have on hold with my library.

These are all subject to change as I can be really weird about what audiobooks I want to listen to. Sometimes I’ll go through an hour of five different audiobooks before I settle on a narrator and story that catches my attention.

Share your favorite audiobooks with me in the comments so I have some new ones to try out!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Traveling Library: Physical TBR

Hey, lovelies! I’m back with another traveling library post. I’ve been absolutely devouring books lately. Part of that is a renewed attempt to read as much of my physical tbr as I can before we move. Another part of that is that I’ve been rereading some favorites, so I’m flying through my rereads. Let’s talk about what I’m going to read instead of what I have been reading.

So, I’m currently rereading The Emperium Trilogy by Claire Legrand. I am buddy reading Furyborn with Books in the Skye this month and then I’m continuing the series.

From my physical tbr, I have a few books I want to make a priority to read before everything gets packed up. Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur, Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May, and The Lost World by Michael Crichton are a few that I have my eye on to pack with me if I don’t read them before I leave.

I know I said this was a physical tbr but, I also have my NetGalley arc’s that I need to read as well. I’m not going to look at the publication date for any of these while I’m on my road trip. I’m just going to read whichever books I’m in the mood for. A few approvals that I have and am eager to get to are Built to Last by Erin Hahn, Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner, and Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young.

I’m going to leave myself enough options to have a variety to choose from, but not so many options that I don’t know which book to pick. I think because I have two or three for each format that I read, I’ll be all set. These books are in addition to whatever mmy monthly tbr books will be in August. I obviously haven’t picked those yet, so some of these might make it on there, but I’ll probably have more books to bring.

Do you plan out books to read ahead of time when you’re going on a trip?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s July TBR Jar Picks

Hello, lovelies! Another month down and we’ve reached July. My life is about to explode into chaos, so I’m making this post because it’s free content. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to read anything at all this month. But if/when I want to read, I can use this post as a guideline.

New Release
Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe
I love Jurassic Park and I’ve loved all of Sharpe’s books I’ve read, so I think I’ll love this.

Adult
When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
I bought this for myself as a treat for Mother’s Day and a book where there’s a historical event where a mass of women turn into dragons? Yes, I would like that.

1st in a Series
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
I wanted to read this at the end of last month but it didn’t happen. So, I’m determined to read it this month.

Standalone
The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh
This was an impulse buy romance. Romances have been easy for me to read lately, so this is here to make my tbr easier.

Young Adult
The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe
I recently learned that Sharpe has written IP for Jurassic Park, so obviously I had to buy it. I want to read it asap and binge the movies before I eventually see the newest movie. I also want to read it before I read Sharpe’s newest Jurassic Park book (which is middle grade and on my tbr above).

And, of course, I’ll share my upcoming NetGalley reads as well. There’s a lot because I’ve fallen a few books behind, but I’m doing the best that I can.

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows
For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa

What are you reading this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s June 2022 TBR Jar Picks & Clear Your Sht Readathon TBR

Hello, lovelies! We have officially made it to the halfway point of 2022. Hopefully, the second half is as good as I’m expecting it to be! I hope 2022 has been treating everyone well and we’re all about to read some great books this month.

Romance
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Favorite Author
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Reread
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Young Adult
The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Most Recent Purchase
Book Lovers by Emily Henry

As usual, I’m going to share the books I need to read this month to try to keep up with my NetGalley eARCs.

Always Jane by Jenn Bennett
An Unreliable Magic by Rin Chupeco
Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire
The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper
Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler
Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White
Breaking Time by Sasha Aslberg
January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky

Clear Your Shit

Walkman // a book you’ve been avoiding the longest
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

Breakfast Club // read a book with food themes or items
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Love & Food edited by Elsie Chapman

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun // read a book with multiple POVs
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

NES // read a sci-fi, or a book with technology in it
The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Polaroids // read a book with characters on the cover
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Care Bears // read a comforting book
Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Manic Monday // read a book you can finish over the weekend to avoid a manic monday
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Rainbow Brite // read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

I’m definitely being a little bit ambitious with this TBR, but I think if I get some of the audiobooks from the library I can manage it. What are you hoping to read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books that I was so excited to buy, but still haven’t read.

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Written in my Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

That’s all I have for this one. What about you?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 2022 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Recommendations

Hi, lovelies! It’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and I shared some recommendations last year, so I wanted to share again with a new list of the books I’ve read and loved since last years post. This year, I wanted to also share some books by AAPI authors that are on my TBR list (and I already own.)

Middle-Grade

Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality by Roshani Chokshi

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar by Payal Doshi

Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee

Young Adult

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Adult

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Light Years From Home by Mike Chen

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

On My TBR

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

These are my recommendations and a couple I want to read very soon. Are there recommendations you would add?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s May TBR Jar Picks

Hi, lovelies! Happy May! Last month, I actually did pretty well with my TBR jar picks. I’m not pushing myself to focus only on these TBR books, because I’m just trying to read steadily so I don’t get into a reading slump. So, these are books that I want to read this month, but might possibly completely ignore.

Gifted to You
The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

Reread
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Middle Grade
The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody

Romance
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata

Standalone
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez

As usual, I also have some NetGalley books to read for this month.

Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire
The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah
Hide by Kiersten White
Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin
Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper

What books are you hoping to read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.